POPE FRANCIS: TO PCPMI, "WE LIVE IN A WORLD RULED BY MONEY"” “

"’Human trafficking’ is an ignoble activity, a disgrace to our societies that call themselves civilized! Exploiters and clients at all levels should make a serious examination of conscience, within themselves and before God!". Pope Francis said this as he received in audience the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (PCPMI). "Today the Church – he declared – renews her strong call to always protect the dignity and centrality of each person, in respect of fundamental rights, as set out in her Social Doctrine, rights that she asks be concretely extended to the millions of men and women in every continent whose rights are not recognised". In a world in which there is so much talk about rights, the Pontiff noted with regret, "human dignity is often trampled on! In a world in which there is so much talk about rights, it seems that the only one to have rights is money. Dear brothers and sisters, we live in a world ruled by money. We live in a world, in a culture ruled by the fetishism of money". But "the Church is a mother and her maternal care is manifested with particular tenderness and closeness towards those who are forced to flee their native countries and live in-between rootlessness and integration. This tension destroys people". (continued) ” “” “” “

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